3. Human Brain Evolution: A Question of Solving Key Nutritional and Metabolic Constraints on Mammalian Brain Development

  1. Stephen C. Cunnane1 and
  2. Kathlyn M. Stewart2
  1. Stephen C. Cunnane

Published Online: 28 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470609880.ch3

Human Brain Evolution: The Influence of Freshwater and Marine Food Resources

Human Brain Evolution: The Influence of Freshwater and Marine Food Resources

How to Cite

Cunnane, S. C. (2010) Human Brain Evolution: A Question of Solving Key Nutritional and Metabolic Constraints on Mammalian Brain Development, in Human Brain Evolution: The Influence of Freshwater and Marine Food Resources (eds S. C. Cunnane and K. M. Stewart), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470609880.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Research Center on Aging and Departments of Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

  2. 2

    Paleobiology, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, K1P 6P4, Canada

Author Information

  1. Research Center on Aging and Departments of Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 MAY 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470452684

Online ISBN: 9780470609880

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Keywords:

  • human brain evolution - solving key nutritional and metabolic constraints on mammalian brain development;
  • brain evolution in hominins - brain weight above average compared to other animals;
  • nutrients and brain function - adequate long-term fuel reserves necessary

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Brain Evolution in Hominins

  • Need for A New Paradigm

  • Brain Development

  • Energy Requirements of the Brain

  • Nutrients and Brain Function

  • Brain-Selective Nutrients

  • Critical Importance of Baby Fat in Humans

  • Gene – Nutrient Interactions

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References